Around Christmas time I'd been looking for a suitable deer rifle and I bought a sporterised 1941 k98 from a friend.
It was taking up space in his locker and he wasn't going to use it so I picked it up for $135 with a box of PMC 170gn ammo.
On inspection all the numbers with the exception of the floor plate match and it still has the Nazi proof marks intact.
The barrel, despite exterior pitting, is also sharp and square on the inside so all in all it was quite a score.
While all those Mauser gurus may groan at the thought of this I'm about to have it drilled and tapped for a scope and will be changing to a synthetic stock at sometime in the near future too,
Today I got to test drive it on the 50m indoor range at St.Mary in Western Sydney and it was placing them fairly closely together at 25m and 50m.
Considering it isn't the best light, was using open sights and
trying to compensate for the fact the open sights will only go down as far as 100m I think I did o.k.
The loads I was using included 170gn Speer Hot-Cor Semi-Spitzers in front of a 45gn load of ADI Powders AR2206H and a 180gn Nosler Ballistic Tip in front of a a 44gn load of AR2206H.
I used Privi Partizan(PPU) cases and Win Large Rifle primers.
If people are interested I'll post some pics of the targets.
I was just wondering how many guys are using 8mm Mausers here in Australia, what sort of hunting they use them for and what sort of loads they've found successful?